Elder Brett
Epic Brewing Company

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #263
Ranked #4,777
4.06 | pDev: 9.61%
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
Elder BrettElder Brett
Notes: Epic Brewing Company’s latest barrel-aged beer brings something new—wild yeast. This brew is a collaboration ale with Crooked Stave Artisan Brewing of Fort Collins, Colorado. Chad Yakobson, brewmaster/owner of Crooked Stave, is well known for his skill and knowledge in the brewing of sour and Brettanomyces driven beers. The beer was brewed at Epic by the two brewers. Kevin Crompton, Epic’s brewmaster, and Chad spent several weeks working on the recipe and selecting the proper Brett strains and barrels for the beer to morph from a golden Sasion into a Saison-Brett Golden Ale.
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Photo of jmich24
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle
Batch 2
Aged 8 years

First half:
Crystal clear
Super bubbly
Nose is nice and complex, but an overwhelming smell of rotten grapes, sweaty feet and damp basement overwhelmed everything nice.
Taste follows nose

Drain poured it 3.25 overall

2nd half
Roused yeast and poured extra cloudy
Looks like a super opaque, rustic wheat.
Smell is again complex, over ripe fruit, pleasant funk this time.
Taste follows nose, really a great beer.

Overall 4.25

Tale of two half’s of beer. Truly an amazing experience.

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Photo of stevoj
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at share, courtesy of Toby. Release # 1. Pale golden, light bubbly head. Pale golden, small foamy head. Light lemon, citrus aroma, white grapes. Small sour elements.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber from Hinda65 poured into New Belgium glass. 10.1% ABV.

Hazy blonde and 1/2 finger of creamy head that dwindles to a thin ring.

Aroma of funky sour grapes and oak, with some Brett and hay.

Flavor is out of this world. First taste I got came back through my nostrils and burned them, not sure what that was about. But it starts with a wonderful mash-up of sour white grape, mango, heavy oak barrel and oak tannins, and funky yeast. It's wine-like, it's grape-like, but super oaky. It is sour, but it is the right kind of grape-y sour, with lots of barrel and oak and funk to balance it.

Feel is crisp and creamy and smooth with lots of tannins and acidity, and just the right amount of alcohol burn.

Overall, an outstanding beer worthy of seeking out. Definitely try to get this one.

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Photo of iguanodon
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

[Original rating 2016-12-03] Bomber. Pours clear gold with almost no head. Aroma is sour funky farmhouse ale. Taste is sour, white wine, apple. Very good.

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Photo of DBosco
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #9. 9.4% ABV. Clear golden with slight filmy head. Smell is sweet fruity - peach or grape. Taste is tart but sweet, rather vinous. Feel is is medium bodied, little carbonation. Overall, pretty good but somehow missing something. Seems almost more winelike than a beer.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 1pt. 6 fl. oz. - Release #9 - March 22, 2016

Epic Brewing Elder Brett Saison-Brett Golden Ale poured a light clear gold color producing a white 1/2-finger head. The head dissipated to a ring of foam and spotty lacing. The nose is clean; crisp, and floral/grass like. The taste is funky and tart. Green apple flavor dominates with other light fruit [i.e., pears, white grapes] following...almost like a white wine. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a fizzy carbonation and a light tart finish.

Overall, Elder Brett Saison is refreshing and drinkable. If you like the taste of light tart green apples this is the brew for you.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.81/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Release #4 brewed 11/24/12
Pack Date: 12/4/13, so it’s got plenty of age on it. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a teku glass. Pours a pretty hazy golden color with an inch of head that lingers some but falls after a bit leaving a ring atop the beer, and even a small swirl brings the head back up. The second the cap comes off, you smell the Brett. You get your nose in that glass, and it’s heaps of grassy barnyard aroma, along with some grapey and lemon fruitiness. Taste starts subtly sweet, with some tartness and vanilla-esque oak character in the finish. Throughout, the funk and the fruity character (the latter of which I’m sure is both from the saison base as well as the stay in wine barrels) interweaving together like a song. And a damn good song at that. Think, Miles Davis level beauty. Feel is surprisingly light in body. Still medium in body, but with no burn and little lingering sweetness, you wouldnt assume you’re drinking 9.1% abv beer. Overall, I’m not sure how this would do without so much age on it, the Brett would be subdued and the alcohol might be more aggressive, but as I’ve got it, it’s symphonic. All the flavors and aromas (and there are so many) work wonders together. A really, really damn well-made saison-Brett.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is big tropical fruit, Belgian yeast and fruit. The flavor is tropical fruit, mild Belgian yeast, malts , fruit and a slightly spicy/tart finish.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #9. Bottled in March 1016. Poured a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of peach, white wine and funky Brett. Nice peach taste with white wine, yeast and a funky finish.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Limited release picked up discount at 10 bucks from the House of 1,000 beers. Pours Surprisingly light for the gravity like light beer with a bit of floaties showing it's age. Head also fizzed out rather fast with just a 1/2 inch that faded to nothing. Smell is a ton of sour brett mixed with peppery malts and faint sweetness. Taste is a actually super balanced brett mixed with bready malts and just a slight twinge of hops to dry malts. Body is super drinkable not gonna lie I kind of chugged a glass so smooth for the ABV. Overall one of the better beers I have had of late with some good balanced sour to saison tones. Pick it up if you see it the beer is still very tasty despite the almost year age on the bottle.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at a tasting a ways back, from notes.
Clear light golden yellow, has a floral cider thing going on, I guessed elder flower but the name might be tricking my brain, well that and all the booze I've had by this point. peppery, woody oak, faint brett, has body but it softens up, floral finish

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle @ 9.4% ABV - wow, this one's gonna be a doozy!

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some streaky coral reef atoll lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of slightly funky Brett infection, grainy and doughy pale malt, a lesser edgy wheatiness, sensible yeast, some plain white wine barrel essences - a light toastiness, indistinct grapes, and some understated vanilla - muddled earthy spices, and some very tame leafy and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, some crackery wheatiness, a mixed Brett/Saison yeast astringency (one surprisingly low-key on the funkitude), white wine lees, a dry vanillan woodiness, and more herbal, floral, and weedy green hoppiness. No real impression of the near 19-proof booze quotient, for the record.

The carbonation is fairly reserved in its unmotivated frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a minor sense of the bacteria/yeast intrusion making for a wee fuss here. It finishes off-dry, the white wine character lingering the hardest (that sounds weird, don't it?), while the guest beasties keep up their charade of good breeding.

Overall, this is actually a more or less pleasant wild/farmhouse/saison ale, with the subtle barrel treatment going a long way in glossing over the effects of the Brett that one might have been expecting. At any rate, not a bad brew, but more evidence that I need to spend my dwindling beer dollars on stuff that really floats my proverbial boat.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Nice funky Brett flavor, vanilla, apple, toasted, biscuity, cracker, green apple, spicy, chardonnay grapes, oak, and some alcohol.

Taste: Nice light funky Brett barnyard flavor, vanilla, toasted, biscuity, cracker, pale malts, green apple, chardonnay grapes, oak, warm alcohol, some bitterness, and a little chewy.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, a little dry, slightly chewy, sour, tart, some bitterness, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Have to admit that this beer got better with each sip. Can't believe it's 9.4%. I'd revisit this one again.

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Photo of shleepy
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and golden. Small head. Smell has a champagne-like yeast/sugar quality and some Brett. taste is similar - a little residual sugar and plenty of Brett character. Honestly, tastes a lot like some my older, mediocre homebrew that I was recently tasting. Disappointing.

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Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear goldenstraw with a frothy head that fritters away, leaving copious amounts of lace

Smell: Floral, almost honeysuckle-like, with a funky, leathery tone; a vinous aspect, as well

Taste: Funky and floral, with honeysuckle and other herbal elements; strong, oaky white wine flavor builds; farmhouse and medicinal, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I guess I am going to go against the grain here, but I really don't care for the flavor profile here; reminds me of a non-fruited mead with Brett

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Photo of svenness
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6, bottled December 2014

L: Clear straw-yellow, white head
S/T: Funk up front, lots of apple esters, a touch of bubblegum, tangerine, some grain, wine wine notes on the finish
F: Medium bodied yet dry, moderate palate carbonation and faint bitterness
O: Great brett forward saison, hard to believe it is 9%

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Photo of MFMB
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up Elder Brett at the SLC cold case this evening. Pours a clear golden straw color with little head, what head is the disappears immediately. Funk, spicy, grainy citrusy, peppery funky funk funk. I like it. I'm down with Elder Brett.

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Photo of uccle81
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've probably had about 20 different Saison style beers. I grew up in Belgium and I've never particularly been a fan of the style. But this is exceptional. They've managed to make this stuff like the Nectar of the Gods!

The end result is a delightful beer that is sour but balanced with apple flavors and a slight malty sweetness. And the barrel aging is perfect. Brings a slight bit of wood and nice sour flavors. This beer is a treat.

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Photo of Redrock
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Elder Brett pours a clear gold-yellow, with a thin head that fades in a heartbeat into a slight film that laces the glass. This saison’s name articulates, there’s a hefty amount of Brettanomyces in this golden ale, and the barnyard funk really evident on the nose, earthy, funk and hints of sour green apples. But the first taste is citrus, white wine, and sweetness, rounded out with a hint of oak and white pepper come out, ending with a crisp finish. For a 9.1% ABV brew, it’s very drinkable.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lots of brett in the nose. Very champagne like in smell. Taste is almost funky apple cider like with a grainy finish. Very different and pretty decent.

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Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent gold/honey with pinky of pearl white head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, hell I smelled it as soon as the bottle cracked! Grassyness as well, horse blanket, wet hay

T: Pears, grassiness, sourness & dryness up front. Some grapefruit, pineapple & more Brett sourness as this warms, a little white grape as well. Grapefruit & sourness dominate, a little sweet fruittyness with some breadynesss, a little more pear as well. Finishes with sourness, pineapple, dryness & white grape skin

MF: Medium body, pretty firm carbonation, tails off as this warms

Drinks too easy, another great beer from these guys. Sourness done right

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Photo of oceanman907
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an interesting and insanely funky brew, maybe a little bit under carbonated, hence the head disappears quickly, the beer itself if bright golden, lovely color crystal clear which is not so important for this style, I like a little cloud. Smell is funky, musty, almost thom Ka gai soup like with its citrusy qualities. Very fungal with the taste as well, this is one funky beer, really barnyard flavored, but the alcohol is not present in the flavor. Good light body. Overall a solid, Brett ale more on the funky side than the lemon sweet side.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quick review. Big-time brett going on here. Looks & smells pedestrian but kills it on the palate. The wine barrel aging is detectable but subtle, just as it should be. Like I said, very nice brett-funk, some citrus & yet it still reveals its crisp, yeasty saison roots. Brilliant stuff!

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Photo of Moose90
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served into two tulips

A – Pours a bright pale yellow with almost greenish hues, reminiscent of the label coloring. Tall bright white head fades rather quickly to leave a think cap with spotty lacing behind.

S – Smells of tart and crisp green apple, ginger, lemon, allspice, vinegar, funk, oats, brett featured wonderfully.

T – Taste builds upon tart and sweet granny smith apple notes, as well as a nice bitter lemongrass tone, slightly spicy and funky brett finish.

M – Medium bodied, highly effervescent, really nice balance here.

O – Fantastic collaboration between two great breweries, there is a great balance within this one.

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Photo of Stingraystripe
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a glass. Color is clear and golden, and effervescent. Good lacing. Nose is winy with hints of citrus. Mouthfeel is tightly bubbly. The wine comes out in this one very strongly but complements the saison style incredibly well. I don't think this one is for everyone, certainly not for the stout and malt drinkers, but if you're into saisons, and have no aversions to white wine, this one is just excellent. One of my late spring favorites for sure. (and the label's a pure bonus if you've ever lived in Utah or anywhere close. Just sayin'.)

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Elder Brett from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 461 ratings